Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton

Minerals and Waste Local Plan:
Adopted December 1998

Mineral Exploration

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Alternative Aggregates

Secondary Aggregates

5. Meeting the Need for Minerals

Marine-Dredged Sand And Gravel

Chalk

Geology

Crushed Rock

Clay

Sand And Gravel

Secondary Or Substitute Aggregate Materials

Borrow Pits

Chalk

Aggregates Supply

Oil And Gas

Clay

Preferred Areas For Sand And Gravel Extraction

Minerals Processing And Manufacturing Plant

Borrow Pits

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Mineral Exploration

Oil And Gas

Aggregates Wharves And Depots

 

5.72 There is a long-established national objective of increasing knowledge and understanding of indigenous mineral resources through exploration. The Mineral Planning Authorities support this objective by generally encouraging mineral exploration, subject to environmental safeguards. Most mineral exploration operations are permitted under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. Although mineral exploration is a temporary activity which usually has little environmental impact, the Mineral Planning Authorities consider that there are certain special areas which are of such nature conservation, landscape or historical importance - including Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Nature Reserves, Scheduled Ancient Monuments, Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation and sites on the National Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest and the County Register of Historic Parks and Gardens - that mineral exploration should not take place within them.

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